Halfway to paradise

Today’s guest picture comes from Mike and Alison’s recent visit to New Zealand where they saw this handsome NZ kingfisher.  I don’t know which of them took the picture. It was reasonably warm for the time of year again this morning but once again the effect was somewhat spoiled by light drizzle and a veryContinue reading “Halfway to paradise”

The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la!

Today’s guest picture shows a child friendly door that took Mary Jo’s fancy on her visit to Copenhagen.  Clever marketing. We could hardly believe it when we got another warm and pleasant day today.  It made cycling to church to sing in the choir a treat and gave us every incentive to get out inContinue reading “The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la!”

Bedding in

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Gavin who is making friends with a cactus out in Spain while we shiver here. We had some equivalent sunshine at the start of the day…. …but it couldn’t disguise the fact that it was jolly chilly again and I had to put a coat on as IContinue reading “Bedding in”

Spring in the step

  Today’s guest picture come from ex-archivist Ken who tells me that this odd structure is designed to filter pollutants to the  equivalence of up to 300 trees. It is situated at Haymarket at a busy junction close to the bus station. Spring arrived  today and even if it is, as they used to sayContinue reading “Spring in the step”

Unexpected traffic jams

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo from Manitoba.  From Manitoba but not in Manitoba as she has taken a break from endless winter to catch a ray or two in Antigua.  It looks like a good decision as more snow has arrived at home. We had a generally sunny, almost totally dry day hereContinue reading “Unexpected traffic jams”

Seen and gone

Today’s guest picture shows a fine waterfall visited by Dropscone and family on his Skye holiday. In spite of a forecast of rain, we had yet another dry, cool day with a brisk wind until the evening.  I should have gone cycling (my neighbour Ken did 40 miles in the morning) but I was feelingContinue reading “Seen and gone”

Setting history back 130 years

Today’s guest picture shows a great crested grebe, sent by my Glastonbury correspondent Venetia.  It was seen while on a visit to Shapwick Heath nature reserve with my sister Mary. Our dry spell continued with another mostly sunny day here but the cool north easterly wind meant that it wasn’t a day for the nattyContinue reading “Setting history back 130 years”

Benchmarked

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Bruce who seems to have popped up in Spain.   He had an excursion today to the monastery at Montserrat and found a statue there of interest.  He claims that its eyes followed him about wherever he went.  Look closely at the triptych which he tookContinue reading “Benchmarked”

A peda, a wal and a tootl (they were all rather short)

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Bruce.  On one of his walks with his dog, he noticed that the receptacle provided for the convenience of dog walkers has acquired a ‘genius loci’. I woke up to a sunny morning and toyed with the idea of getting up into cycling clothes andContinue reading “A peda, a wal and a tootl (they were all rather short)”

Caught out

Today’s guest picture shows a gold mine in New Zealand found by my neighbour Liz on her tour.  She didn’t find any gold though. I had made a plan to get up early today and go for my morning cycle ride before breakfast.  The point of the early start was to avoid the ‘rain later’Continue reading “Caught out”